El Camino Academy is committed to providing equal opportunity in all employment practices, including but not limited to selection, hiring, promotion, transfer and compensation to all qualified applicants and employees without regard to age, race, color, national origin, gender, handicap, or disability. Due to our commitment to Christian discipleship, all of our staff must show evidence of a vibrant walk with God demonstrated by a Christ-honoring lifestyle and regular participation in a Christian evangelical church.
1. Get as much information as possible
- Check out our website.
- Watch the short videos on the website (Home and Prospective Staff).
- If you have questions, write us at email@example.com or call the ECA Director, Beth Afanador, at 630-861-9748 (school hours) or 630-868-8630 (evenings and weekends).
- Browse through an old yearbook.
- Communicate with others who have been in Colombia and/or at El Camino Academy in Bogotá, Colombia.
2. Pray about the opportunity
3. Get input from those who know and love you
4. Meet with your pastor or missions pastor
- Explain that you are interested in serving God in Colombia.
- Ask how the church can be a part of your ministry.
- Ask about what would be an appropriate way to share what God is doing.
- Ask for prayer support.
- Ask if you can count on any financial support.
5. If you believe God is leading you to join our team, send in your application:
- Online by clicking on Apply Online (on right on the Get Involved / Potential Teachers/Staff page). This is the preferred method.
- By email to firstname.lastname@example.org. You can send a Word® document or a scanned image of a hard copy. The application form is available as a PDF and a Word® document, above the Apply Online button.
- By snail mail (least desired option). Send the completed form to:
Calle 221 # 52-30
Bogotá Colombia 111166
6. Connect with the organization you will use to channel donations
- Ask your pastor if your church has a preferred mission organization that might be an option to send you to the field, and then follow that mission’s instructions.
- Many ECA missionaries have come down under RCE (Resourcing Christian Education International), TeachBeyond, and First Love. Their websites are: http://www.rce-international.org/, http://teachbeyond.org/, and http://firstloveinternational.com/ and we have links to their sites at the bottom of the Potential Teachers/Staff page.
7. Get out a prayer letter, either by email or snail mail
- Keep your database to use later.
- Have someone edit your letter to avoid unnecessary mistakes. If you need help editing or need more information, contact us.
- Be positive, clear and tell real stories of what God is doing.
- If possible, use a picture or two.
- You don’t need to ask for money – just share what God is doing and allow people to know how to invest in your ministry if they would like to.
- If you need help with formatting, you can use www.constantcontact.com which provides templates, maintains your database, sends you reports on what has happened with your emails, etc.
- Check out our online document Fundraising Resources for ideas and helps.
8. Check out airline prices
- The main U.S. airlines that fly to Bogotá are American, Delta and United/Continental, and their websites can often give good prices.
- Good prices have also been found on Avianca (Colombia’s airline), LACSA, COPA, Air Canada (through Toronto, for example), JetBlue, SpiritAir and others.
- A U.S. travel agency that specializes in missionary travel is http://www.raptim.com/, and they can be helpful.
- Many of our staff use Internet travel search sites like Expedia, Travelocity, etc.
9. Begin working on your visa
- See our Visa Information document on our website (Get Involved / Potential Teachers/Staff / Getting to / Living in Bogotá). If you are coming down with dependent children, usually the most time-consuming part of the process is getting notarized and Apostille-sealed copies of children’s birth certificates, which need to be translated into Spanish, notarized and possibly Apostille-sealed.